South Dakota State transfer Zeke Mayo narrows list to four schools

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South Dakota State transfer guard Zeke Mayo is one of the hotter commodities in the transfer portal this offseason. On Saturday evening, he trimmed his list to four finalists: Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Creighton. Mayo made the announcement on his Twitter account.

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The Lawrence, Kansas native averaged 18.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game this year for SDSU. He also hit 39% of his shots from beyond-the-arc. It’ll certainly be an interesting battle between the teams to land his services in the portal.

He helped guide the Jackrabbits to an NCAA Tournament appearance this season, where they faced off against Iowa State. South Dakota State lost 82-65, but Mayo still scored 19 points, dished out four assists, and grabbed two rebounds in 39 minutes. He guided SDSU to a Summit League Tournament Championship, after they defeated Denver in the title game. Mayo scored 16 points in that one.

South Dakota State finished with a 22-13 overall record this year.

One of the best three-point shooters in America, Mayo averaged 41.5% from beyond-the-arc his freshman year at SDSU. In 2022-2023, he led the team in points (18.2 per game), rebounds (6.2 rebounds per game), and assists (3.4 per game). He exploded for a career-high of 41 points in a 90-85 victory over North Dakota State on February 4th. Not only that, but he also exploded for four 30-plus point performances that season, establishing himself as one of the most explosive scorers in the nation. He shot 90.4% from the free-throw line, ranking him the fourth best in SDSU history in that category.

He was even better from the charity stripe his freshman season (2021-2022), connecting on 93.3% of his free throws.

Before joining the Jackrabbits, Mayo was one of the top players in the Kansas City area. He graduated from Lawrence High School (Lawrence, Kansas) in May of 2021. Mayo was named the Journal-World’s Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection. He also earned all-state honors from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association after he averaged 21.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. His father played at Dodge City (Kansas) Community College and Tennessee Tech.